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Elliott, Shanti; Bradbury, Joan; Gardner, Joseph – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In the spring of 2014, Chicago educators met to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for progressive, democratic education in Chicago-area schools. This article weaves together the writings of teachers and principals from over 15 public schools and a couple of private and parochial schools who are thinking about their own experiences in…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Democracy, Public Schools, Private Schools
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Kaufman, Sherry – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In spring 2012, Sherry Kaufman, a consultant at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, was asked to support kindergarten teachers in deepening their practice of constructivism and exploring the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Central to such an approach is the belief that all learning is socially constructed through interaction…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent School Relationship
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Young, Ella Flagg – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
This article from the archives of "Schools: Studies in Education," presents a biography of Ella Flagg Young, a dynamic and inspirational leader in American education, with a career that spanned more than 50 years. Young was one of the most outstanding educators during the period that saw the rise of universal education in the United…
Descriptors: Biographies, Teachers, Administrators, Professional Autonomy
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Elliott, Shanti – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
This piece explores questions of power, conflict, and community in education through a story of Chicago educators engaging in experiential inquiry processes. One of these processes is a "Theatre of the Oppressed" exercise for dealing with conflict in education settings. The other process described here focuses on a text that emerged from…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Experiential Learning, Conflict
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Pereira-Webber, Colin; Pereira-Webber, Evelina – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
A death within a school is a traumatic event that touches everyone in the school community. How teachers, students, and administrators respond to loss has ongoing implications for the adaptation of all involved. Therapists Colin Pereira-Webber and Evelina Pereira-Webber explore the topic of loss within a school through a written dialogue. Drawing…
Descriptors: Death, Trauma, Grief, Urban Schools
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Elliott, Shanti – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
At a time when serious pronouncements and decisions about education are made by noneducators, it is important to take note of the practice and impact of teachers' collective reflective resistance. This means foregrounding learning that is organic, artful, and contemplative--that puts first the humanity of students and teachers. This is a story of…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Resistance (Psychology)
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Gokce, Diana Kodner; O'Brien, Dana; Wilson, Lizanne – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
In the fall of 2010 the faculty of Baker Demonstration School began a yearlong exploration of the question "How do we know what children know?" At that time, three teacher colleagues already had entered upon a collaborative project integrating music and drama with a unit of study in the second and third grades. They decided to carefully…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Cooperation, Music, Drama
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Wallenstein, Roger – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
The focus of the achievement gap seems to be less about racial and ethnic distinctions and more about disparities in socioeconomic status. Students from affluent and secure backgrounds have a running head start on students mired in poverty. Few young people in the United States live in more challenging conditions than the children of the eastern…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Standardized Tests, Elementary School Students
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Bensinger, Samantha – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
In this essay, a high school senior reflects on her educational experience as a journey beginning with her difficult decision to stay at Francis W. Parker School for high school and ending with her current search for a college where she can continue to explore the nature of education. Her narrative focuses on her experience in an elective course…
Descriptors: College Admission, Independent Study, Foreign Countries, Democracy
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Ayers, William C.; Schubert, William H. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
This dialogue is an edited version of a dialogue between William C. Ayers and William H. Schubert at the November 10-12, 2011, meeting of the Progressive Education Network hosted by the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois. It was the opening keynote session on the evening of November 10. Ayers interviewed Schubert, who acted as John…
Descriptors: Democracy, Social Action, Progressive Education, Educational Change
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Greenberg, Bev – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
The author has given meaning to global citizenship over the past four years through the work and connections she has made with students at her school in Chicago, Francis W. Parker, and a school in the village of Madina, Ghana, West Africa, Tuskegee International. She has motivated other teachers to make connections as they traveled with her to…
Descriptors: International Schools, Foreign Countries, Summer Programs, Personal Narratives
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Yarfoh, Charles H. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Francis W. Parker School invited Charles H. Yarfoh, the founder of its sister school, to Chicago to share his vision and what it has meant to the students of his school, Tuskegee International, to be part of the global connection between the two schools. In a speech he delivered to the faculty, staff, and students, Yarfoh shares what education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Educational Attitudes, Developing Nations
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Robinson, Theresa Y.; Jeremiah, Maxine – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
As part of the Small Schools movement in Chicago Public Schools, a high school dedicated to African-centered education was chartered. The virtues of Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba, otherwise known as the seven principles of Kwanza, were the foundational principles of the school and were to be integrated into all of the practices and policies of the…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Afrocentrism, African American Culture, Small Schools
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Williams, Rufus – Schools: Studies in Education, 2008
The president of the Chicago Board of Education reflects on the career trajectory that led him to his current position.
Descriptors: Reflection, Boards of Education, Public Officials, Evaluation
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Simon, Zachary; Cothern, Elizabeth; Wilson, Hannah; Gray, Ian; Kaplan, Andy – Schools: Studies in Education, 2007
Reading several documents from the early history of Francis W. Parker School and an essay by John Dewey entitled "The Need for a Philosophy of Education" helps the author's students gain some precision in defining what otherwise remain rather loosely held opinions about the core values of the school. For most of the students, these…
Descriptors: Values, Reflection, Educational Philosophy, Intellectual History
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